Cruising to a great family holiday

Over the next few issues we are going to be talking about cruising – which is the best cruise for you and why you should always use an Independent agent such as Holiday With Us and Spalding Travel to get the most from your cruise.

We can package your individual requests incorporating regional airports, overnight stop-overs and lots more!

There are so many variants of cruising today, unlike a few years ago when it wasn’t so affordable to families and single travellers. Today cruising encompasses the very best in food and drink, entertainment, talks and culture.

There are five companies that cater for young families.

One of these is Royal Caribbean International, who are perhaps at the top of the list as they cover everything from water parks and kids’ clubs to carousels and arcades.

These ships have playgroup sessions for those with children between six and 18 months, allowing mum and dad to have a break, too, during the cruise. They have the most innovative children’s clubs at sea.

The thought of children meeting Mickey and Minnie is a child’s dream come true – and on Disney Cruise Line they can make all children’s dreams come true in one visit!

Disney Magic will be sailing out of Dover in 2015. This ship has undergone a major refit with water slides and kids’ clubs providing a sense of fantasy for all the family.

Norwegian Cruise Line also have the amazing water slides and kids’ clubs. They have Norwegian’s Cirque du Jour, which teaches young children cool tricks such as plate spinning and juggling, while its partnership with Nickelodeon means they get a chance to run around with Spongebob Squarepants and Dougie Muir! This company has staff who are so switched-on parents never need to worry.

Going to Southampton is far easier than travelling with children to the airport, especially with young tots in tow!

P&O’s Azura , Aurora, Oceana and Ventura offer children’s clubs for youngsters from 2-17 and there are a myriad of activities for all ages. The nursery is a big bonus for parents.

Carnival Cruises boast their carnival waterworks and, of course, with the partnership with Dr Seuss, Camp Carnival Club is where parents can leave their children to have fun in the sun whilst they relax by the pool.